BI News on the 'Net, February 18-24, 2008

Grand Rapids Party This Weekend!

Saturday, February 23, 2008 at Hilton- GR Airport, 7 p.m.-12:30 am

Island Churches Plan Summer Bible School

July 1st –3rd

“Jerusalem Market Place” is the theme of a vacation Bible school which is being planned for children ages three to twelve by representatives The Beaver Island Christian Church, St. James Episcopal Mission, and Holy Cross Catholic Church. The school will run from 9:30 –11:30 am on July 1st , 2nd and 3rd .

Building on the great popularity of the Bible School sponsored for the past several years by the Christian Church (50+ children attended last year) enthusiastic volunteers from all three churches are looking forward to providing children who live on or are visiting Beaver Island with a variety of wholesome activities which will include music, crafts, games and age appropriate lessons focusing on Christian values and teaching children what life was like in the time of Jesus. Attendance is free. This is a great way for children to make new friends. All materials will be provided as well as daily snacks and a picnic lunch on the last day of the school.

Parents interested in having their children attend the school should contact Deb Robert at 448-2048 or by email at . Deb is also the contact for anyone wishing to volunteer his or her help for the school. More details will follow as summer grows closer.

Rena Thorsen Dies

After a long illness related to a weak heart, Rena Thorsen, Christie VanLooy's mother, passed away yesterday, Friday, February 15, 2008. The funeral will be downstate on Tuesday. Christie's request is for any local donations, that are made in memory of her mother, go to the Beaver Island Christian Church. More information will be posted when available.


Rena Crane Thorsen, 89 of Kalamazoo formerly of Fennville, Michigan died Friday, February 15, 2008 in Kalamazoo. She was born on October 19, 1918 in Fennville, Michigan to U.S. Crane and Lena (Miller) Crane. She was a retired secretary and lived in many areas of the country and most recently moved to the Kalamazoo area. She was a member of the First united Methodist Church in Kalamazoo. Surviving are her children, two daughters, Christie VanLooy of Kalamazoo, MI; Sally and Charles Hubbard of Kalamazoo, MI; two sons, Jon Thorsen of Pensacola, FL; and Steven and Blanchie Thorsen of Pineville, LA; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Norma Hungerford of Kalamazoo, MI; Dixie Hungerford and Ken Twentey of Maryland; and Jacquie and Kreaton Cullimore of Big Rapids, MI. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fredrick Thorsen in 1960. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 11AM at Chappell Funeral Home, 637 W. Main St., Fennville, with visitation one hour prior to the time of service. Burial will be in Fennville Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Borgess Visiting Nurse and Hospice. An online registry book is available at

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Pleased to Get Publicity for St. Pat's Day

Take a look at the 2/3 page story in the current issue of Traverse Magazine.

You will have to click on the image to enlarge it to be able to read it.

More Great Work by the Chamber of Commerce

Aurthor David Graham learned about the great Island hunting when he attended a recent Michigan Outdoor Writers Assoc (MOWA) meeting in Baldwin. Steve West attended the meeting to invite the group to Beaver.

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce will host a MOWA meeting on the island June 6-8. The Chamber and business members have arranged for special prices in order to attract a large number of the state wide writers group. The Wildlife Club will co-sponsor the visit.

To learn how you can become a Chamber of Commerce member and help the group promote Beaver Island for the benfit of all, call (231) 448-2505 or visit the web site

PABI BI Ice Classic Underway

The Beaver Island Ice Classic contest is underway. The tower is on the ice just to the East of the Beaver Island Marina docks. The object of the contest is to guess the day, hour and minute the tower tips over when the ice melts. This is the third year of the contest. Last year the tower went in a 2:52 PM on March 28 th and the winner collected over $1,200. In 2006 the tower went in at 8:29 PM on March 29 th and the winner collected Over $600.

  Tickets are available at McDonough's or from any Preservation Association board member. If you live of the island and would like to participate e-mail Bob Tidmore at ( please put Beaver Island in the mail subject heading).

Bird Feeder Battle

Snowshoe Adventure 1

Earlier in the winter, Frank Solle invited me out to snowshoe on trails around his property. The snowshoeing became addictive, and a set of snowshoes were bid upon on Ebay. The bid was won and the Cabella's snowshoes arrived. It was time to begin the snowshoeing adventures by going places that most people would not go in the wintertime.

Snowshoe Adventure 2

Not to bore you, but another adventure seemed reasonable since the weather was cooperative for the moment.

Gull Harbor here we come!

Gull Harbor Video HERE

BI Transfer Station Announcement

It is with sad hearts that the crew of the Beaver Island Transfer Station announce the passing of "Little Girl" Sunday Night/Monday Morning. She was about 15. This long term friendly cat was a hard worker and kept the rodents under control. Many thanks to those who helped her in her illness..

BICS Girls' Basketball

Article by Marianne Brown, Coach of the Lady Islanders

Thank you very much, Marianne!

1 st Paradise ~ From what I can remember, my take on the games would be that Friday night the girls came out with a sincere desire to win, they were pumped up and it showed… However Saturday morning was a whole different story… We struggled through the first half, and in the locker room I told them that 3 rd quarters win ball games. If we could get back in the game, we could have a chance… We did so in the 3 rd quarter coming within a basket.  Unfortunately, that momentum did not carry over into the 4 th quarter… the rest is history, Paradise deserves some credit though. They played us tough, they are quick, and on Saturday, they were making baskets that they had missed the previous night!!

2 nd Hannahville ~ well, you've heard about those games… the girls like to be down at the half and come back to win.  I guess they like to take the tough road some days!  The wins against Hannahville were big ones though because it gave us the confidence back that I think we had lost a little of during the Saturday loss to Paradise . 

This past weekend at Mackinac…Here is the low down on how I saw things go this weekend:

Friday~ Well, it seemed as though we just didn't show up to play Friday night , the home court advantage for Mackinac was HUGE (the crowd was really into the game), and our hearts just didn't seem in it.  Like in previous games we limped through the 1 st half, always seeming to be down but never more than 1 or 2 baskets (2-4pts) but could never get that one basket to tie the game or go ahead until late in the 2 nd quarter when we did take a 2pt lead into the half. 

3rd quarter was about the same, back and forth, very close again we were ahead going into the 4 th quarter… unfortunately, Mackinac wanted the game a whole lot more than we did!!!  The Lady Lakers scored 13 points in the 4th quarter while holding us to only 7pts… final score 20-27 (I would say the game as a whole was much closer than the 7 point difference at the buzzer).  It hurt big time for many of the girls especially the older ones because with the loss on Friday night (the game counting towards the NLL title) meant that we are now tied for 1st with Paradise … a win next week at Grand Marais is a must in order to stay in this #1 spot. 

Saturday morning ~ What words of wisdom do I say to motivate the girls for this game??  After losing the night before, watching our boys lose, and knowing that we now were only in the running to share the NLL crown??  Well, here's what I came up with… “Let's prove to Mackinac that last night was a fluke!!”… We might come up against Mackinac at the tournament and I wanted to make sure that we had a strong showing against them Saturday.  I could not have asked for more from those girls, they were almost a different team!!  And the game wasn't even close, we shut down Mackinac in all areas, fast breaks (because they were much faster than us up and down the court), rebounding (we kept Mackinac to only one shot… getting a majority of the defensive rebounds!), and just good defense.  In addition to that our baskets fell just a little bit easier Saturday… we held Mackinac to only 4pts in the first half… that's right 4pts!!  The final score was 23-32 with a Mackinac girl draining a 3-pointer at the buzzer to bring them within 9.  I was proud of the girls, and I think this win was a great confidence booster for the girls going into Grand Marais this coming weekend and then the NLL tournament in 3 weeks.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

Since the school is building a new building, it seemed appropriate to discuss a program from its past.

Beaver Island Community School had an Industrial Arts Program years ago. Can you recall the teacher, the year of that program, and the location of the classes?

There were several answers to the question, but given the three possible answers, no one gave a complete answer. The answers ranged from Buzz Anderson to Terry Bussey to Jim Noyes, and all three could be interpreted as the correct answer. Buzz Anderson taught Shop out at his residence in the Donegal Bay area, Terry Bussey taught Shop at the Beaver Haven Marina, and Jim Noyes also taught at the Beaver Haven Marina, but his was the program entitled Industrial Arts. BICS hired Jim Noyes to start an Industrial Arts program, suggested to him that a new building would be built to house the program, and Jim moved his family to Beaver Island for the adventure. For whatever reason, the millage proposal for the new building failed at that time and so did the dream of an Industrial Arts program. The year was 1982.

Thanks for playing Beaver Island Trivia!

This Week's Question:

Which two Beaver Island Community School teachers were also past editors of the Beaver Beacon?

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of March, April, and May for the person of your choice, anyone who is not already a subscriber. Email your answers to:

Where's This?

Last Week's "Where's This?"

This week there will be two separate locations pictured. Your challenge is to come up with the two locations. Your only clue other than the pictures is this, "BSWBBC."

The clue was Bob and Sue Welke and Barb and Bud Cruickshank. The complete pictures are below:

The sign is out front of the Welke home and the fence posts and house trim are at the Cruickshank home.

This Week's "Where's This?"

This week's clue is: "These houses are across the street from each other."

Can you name the owners of the two houses?

Chamber of Commerce News

You Can Nominate the Beaver Island Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year nomination forms are now available on your Chamber web site. Here is a direct link to download a form as either a PDF or a Word DOC. /events/citizen_of_the_year .html Anyone can make a nomination. You don't even have to be a Chamber of Commerce member. The nomination criteria are printed on the form. You can return the form by mail or email. The award(s) banquet will be Saturday April 12 at Stoney Acres. Please plan to attend.

St. Patrick's Day Games set for March 15

The annual St Patrick's Day games will be held on Saturday March 15. Your Chamber of Commerce is running advertising in select northern Michigan newspapers and web sites about the games and a Beaver Island visit. The theme of the ads is, “You've Never Been to Beaver Island?”

Membership Renewal Information

If we had not received your Membership renewal form and check last week a printed invoice form was sent to you via snail mail. Please renew promptly so we can proceed with the 2008 print Directory. So far we have eight (8) brand new members for 2008 and the majority have renewed. Questions, deferred payment needed, contact Steve West at your Chamber office. (231) 448-2505

Directory Ad Space

Currently we have five (5) center section advertisers slated for our 2008 print Visitor Directory. Three (3) more slots are available. The ads include your business logo next to your web site listing as well. The press run is 6000 and the printed directory has several years of "shelf life." The annual cost is only $500 and it is not due until June 1st. Call if you have questions or would like to be mailed a copy of the current Visitor Directory.

Only Two July 19 Air Show Sponsorships remain

Only two $700 Air Show sponsorships are still available. Each sponsorship includes a ride ($425 value) in the Yankee Lady B-17 Bomber. One of the special guests at the show will be Mr. Elson Spangler. Lt. Spangler earned the Distinguished Flying Cross as a B-17 bombardier during WWII.

Citizen of the Year & Other Chamber of Commerce News

This years Citizen of the year awards banquet will be held at Stoney Acre Grill on Saturday April 12. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00 PM followed by dinner at 7:00. The award(s) presentation will begin at about 8:00.

The deadline for nominations is March 30. A nomination form can be downloaded from or the Chamber office will mail one, just call (231) 448-2505

Stoney Acre is planning a wonderful meal for this year's event. The dinner choices are, Yellow Lake Perch, a hand cut 8oz Filet Mignon or a Roast Half Duckling with a port-ligon berry reduction. A vegetable, redskin potatoes and a tossed salad will also be served. A beverage and Irish Apple Sundae for desert will wrap it up. The price is only $19.95. Seating is limited so reservations are strongly recommended. Stoney reservations can be made by calling (231) 448-2560.

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors elected Kathy Speck to the office of President, Ray Cole Vice President and Steve West Secretary / Treasurer. Board members are elected by the membership to three year terms. The board elects officers once a year. The other board members are Pat Anderson, Angle Welke, Mike Weede, Sheri Timsak, Liz Lanier and Rachel Teague.

Currently the Chamber is wrapping up the 2008 membership drive and planning for the early season events the group sponsors. The Chamber will sponsor the summer meeting of the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association in early June. The Beaver Island Airshow, featuring the Yankee Lady WWII B-17 bomber, will be July.

Currently the group is running a spring ad campaign featuring St. Patrick's Day. The theme is, “You've Never Been to Beaver Island?” The ads are running in mainland newspapers and on some news web sites.

News on the 'Net Forum

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Classified Ads Option

Some of the subscribers to this web site will be glad to know about and glad to use the Classified Ad section of this web site. The ads are free to subscribers whether individual subscribers or business subscribers. All subscribers are welcome to use the Classified Ads section of this web site. Joe Moore has posted a sample advertisement at this link so that all can see the possibilities that are there. It is not a difficult process, so, please feel free to use the classified ads link for posting and viewing the local classified ads To the Classified Ads

Subscribers' Notice

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